I’m about to get serious for a second.
This is a rare occasion, I assure you, so buckle up!
So, I was waiting to get my girls at school and happened upon someone I hadn’t seen in some time. We chatted about how the kids were all getting bigger and what was new in our lives and I told her about my book coming out in August.
At first she was very impressed, until she found out what genre the book is…historical romance.
Mind you, I am in NO WAY ashamed of what I write, as a matter of fact, I’m damned proud of it. However, not everyone feels the same way. Case in point, my acquaintance.
She made that face that people make when you inadvertently over share and informed me that she used to work at a library and that she remembered seeing a lot of those types of books being checked out. She then proceeded to tell me that she noticed that “those women weren’t of the highest education.”
Um, I’m sorry…stepped in WHAT?!?
I’m pretty sure she just told me that what I write is for stupid people.
Wow. That’s pretty harsh.
Now, mind you, I don’t claim to have written the next Pride and Prejudice or Anna Karenina or anything of that nature, but jeebus, talk about the back-handed comment.
To be perfectly honest, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard/read judgement of this nature regarding my writing genre. I just don’t understand why that is though.
Why is it so bad to read a juicy romance novel? Why is someone automatically judged as being “less educated” because they enjoy reading about two people making the beast with two-backs? Why do people think that you have to “get something” out of a book other than entertainment?
I’m not judging, if a person doesn’t enjoy what I write, that’s perfectly fine, I can accept that. What bothers me is the snap decision that is made when the genre is brought up.
Because I can assure you, that education does not intelligence make.
Hubs went to university with a young woman who was actually asked to come and work at NASA over the summer, and yet this same young woman ran her car out of gas on multiple occasions.
Really? Yes, really.
I should also mention that one of the smartest people I know doesn’t have any higher than a high school education.
My point? Don’t read something just because it’s what everyone else is reading or because it’s what “smart” people read, read something that you are going to enjoy, whether it be smut, autobiographical, a classic, a comic book or an instructional manuel…just read.
Who knows, you might laugh, you might cry, you might want to leap on your significant other like a cheetah, hell, you might even learn something 😉
Until next time my adorable little love monkeys,